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Ballyalton, County Down

Origin

Ir. Baile Alltáin ‘townland of the streamlet/little glen/hillock’

Background

Roughly half of this townland is in the parish of Newtownards and half in the parish of Comber. The word alltán can mean one of three things: a streamlet; a little glen, a hillock.  Exactly which meaning is intended here is difficult to say. In an unpublished lecture, the late Deirdre Flanagan derived the second element of Ballyalton in the parish of Ballee, Co. Down from the Anglo-Norman personal name Alton which gave rise to the surname Dalton.  This derivation, however, is not compatible with the historical forms for the townland of Ballyalton in Comber/Newtownards (see PNI ii 218).

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 218

Additional Information

split townland; other portion in Newtownards parish.

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference

Ballyalton, Adam Montgomery of

1613CPR Jas I 254b

Bally-Alton in the parish of Comber in the lower Clandeboy, the two towns or townlands of Ballyhenrie and

1613 (deed of 1610)CPR Jas I 255a

Baile Uí Altáin ""O''Halton''s town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 19

Baile Ui Altáin ""O''Halton''s town""

1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 32

(?)Ballanlialton

1605CPR Jas I 73a

(?)Ballytullyalton

1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I

Ballymalton

1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I

Ballymolton als Ballyalton

1675Montgomery MSS 268 n.35

Ballyalton

1679Montgomery MSS 268 n.37

Ballyalton

1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 32
Ballyalton1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 19

Ballyalton

1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 32
Ballyalton1830cBnd. Sur. (OSNB) E 19
Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Comber
Parish in 1851
Comber
Townland
None
Place name ID
11914
Place name type
T